The Professional Heckler

POPE FRANCIS has left the Philippines. Many Filipinos can now go back to doing what they love most: hating one another.

Last Sunday morning, Pope Francis visited The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines for the “Encounter with the Youth” event. One of the speakers was a former street kid who asked the Pope why God allows children to suffer from prostitution and drug addiction. The Pope said there was no answer to that question. But President Aquino disagreed and said it wasn’t God who’s at fault but the previous administration.

In his homily, Pope Francis mentioned about faith and distractions. He said, “We forget to remain, at heart, children of God because of the promise of ephemeral pleasures and superficial pastimes, such as ‘tinkering with gadgets.’ The crowd missed that part of the homily because they were editing some cellphone photos.

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Vispop Songwriting Workshop – 2

Ganahan ba kang musuwat ug kantang bisdak apan di sigurado kung sakto ba ang imong binisaya? Pwes! Apil na sa VISPOP SONGWRITING WORKSHOP – LEG 2 karong umaabot nga Enero 21, 2015, adlawng Myerkules sa ala-una sa hapon. Didto kini pagahimuon sa UV New School of Art & Design, 4/F Gullas Medical Center (Banilad Campus). LIBRE KINI SA TANANG GUSTONG MOAPIL!


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Repost: Cebu Pacific lifts fuel surcharge, PAL next


“MANILA, Philippines – Following the directive of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), local carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific agreed to remove fuel surcharge from their domestic and international ticket charges.

CAB issued Memorandum Circular No. 01 series of 2015 calling for the lifting of fuel surcharge on international and domestic flights effective Jan. 8.

The government would not hesitate to impose sanctions on domestic and foreign airlines that would continue to impose fuel surcharge on passengers, CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla earlier warned.

“All fuel surcharge imposition approved by CAB are deemed revoked, hence no fuel surcharge shall be collected from tickets sold from Jan. 8 onwards,” Arcilla said.

All CAB-approved cargo fuel surcharge were also revoked, Arcilla added.

In a statement released Monday, January 12, the Lucio Tan-owned airline would comply with the directive issued by CAB disallowing the imposition of fuel surcharge on airline passengers, PAL president Jaime Bautista said.

“We have carried out the necessary procedural and system adjustments in view of this latest call from [the] government. Rest assured that PAL will always bear in mind the welfare of our customers and the traveling public,” Bautista added.

PAL recently received a directive from the CAB to cease imposing fuel surcharges citing dropping oil prices in the world market.

Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs Jorenz Tanada said the budget airline already removed fuel surcharge in airline tickets since January 9 in compliance with CAB’s directive.

Remove fuel surcharge

On December 22, CAB Issued Resolution No. 79 (BM 10-12-22-2014) lifting the authority of domestic and foreign airlines to impose fuel surcharge on domestic and international flights “with the substantial and continuous decrease of fuel prices in the world market.”

Airlines that would violate the regulation would face sanctions, including fines under Republic Act 776 or the act that reorganized the CAB, Arcilla said.

Domestic and foreign airlines earlier given authority by CAB to impose fuel surcharge include:

  • Air Busan
  • Air China
  • Air Micronesia
  • Air Niugini
  • AirAsia Berhad
  • All Nippon Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Eva Air
  • Gulf Air
  • HK Dragon Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jeju Air
  • Jin Air
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Silk Air
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • United Airlines

The surcharge is between P200 ($4.46) and P500 ($11.13) for domestic flights and as high as P15,000 ($333.86) for international destinations.

Fuel costs account for over 50% of the total operating costs of airlines.

The CAB allows airlines to impose such surcharge to help them recover fuel costs and stem losses caused by the sudden upward spikes in fuel prices.

Per prevailing international practice, fuel surcharge may be reduced or removed as it is not part of the basic fare, depending on the price of jet fuel in the world market.

Data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed price of jet fuel in the world market plunged 43.2% to $71.7 per barrel as of Jan. 2 compared to a year ago. –”


The Day I Lost My Gallbladder

I was just sharing the news with my friends about the package that I received from an online shop courtesy of my husband when I felt a jerk of pain on the spot between my rib cages. I thought my hyper-acidity is acting up again since I did not have proper meals at work so I took the usual medicine that I take every time I feel this kind of pain – omeprazole. I waited for a good hour but the pain intensified instead. My friends were convincing me to head to the nearest hospital already and have myself checked but I told them that I’d wait for another hour and perhaps the pain will just go away. It didn’t.

After I changed my clothes, I grabbed my black sling bag and requested my friends, Mikay, Nikki, and Lyn to come with me to the Cebu Doc’s ER because I could barely move due to the pain that was already torturing me at that time.

To cut the long story short, I got admitted that night and was scheduled for an ultrasound the following morning. Diagnosis? Cholecystitis. I was like, “What? Are you kidding me!?” I was not expecting that kind of diagnosis. I was expecting something like ulcer or something related to it. Cholecystitis? What the heck is that? Alright, let’s have a brief science and health class. According to the doctors and surgeons who took care of me, it is an inflammation of the gallbladder caused by multiple gallstones. How were the frigging gallstones formed? Cholesterol found in bile that sometimes form hard particles.

Goofing around with my brother since there were only 5 patients on the 5th floor or CebuDoc.

Goofing around with my brother since there were only 5 patients on the 5th floor of Cebu Doc.

I was in shock. I was silent for some time. Then it finally dawned on me why this had happened. I binged on fatty foods! (Think “proven”, fried chicken, humba, etc.) Hypertension runs in the family on my mother’s side but I wasn’t concerned about it because I have low blood pressure and I was kind of an athletic person (Lokohin mo nanay mo, once in 6 months ka lang maglaro ng soccer!). All this time I was too negligent when it comes to what I ate. Well, what happened has already happened and as the saying goes “Nasa huli ang tutuli, este ang pagsisisi.” Labag man sa loob ko, I gave my surgeon the go signal and his team finally removed my precious gallbladder and the stones therewith leaving only two incisions on my belly area. Neat.

Having read my story, keep these things in mind:

  1. Seryosohin ang “Health is wealth.” slogan.
  2. Just because you have low blood pressure, immune ka na sa iba pang posibleng sakit.
  3. IWASAN ANG TABA! Even if it means pag-iwas sa mga friends mo. LOLJK! :p
  4. Exercise daily. Hindi considered yung jogging once a year para lang makapagselfie at ipost sa Instagram.
  5. Lastly, DO NOT SELF-MEDICATE! Consult your physician and ask for the right prescriptions.

Kidding aside, take serious care of your health. Love your family by loving yourself. 🙂

2014 in review.

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